Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary Celebration & the Old Students' Association Reunion Weekend 2018

Aberystwyth with a beautiful sunset

29 June - 1 July 2018

You are warmly invited to join us for a weekend of celebration and to reminisce with old friends as we host both the Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary Celebration and the Old Students' Association Reunion here in Aber - open to all former Aber graduates!

Weekend Accommodation: There are a number of hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments in and around Aberystwyth. You will find a list of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts here.

Book your place below!



Please select either the 'Dinner and Registration' or 'Registration' only

Event Programme

For full details of events and activities across the weekend: 

** Download the Weekend's Programme **

The Weekend: At a Glance

Friday 29 June

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Welcome Reception

Join the Old Students’ Association to start the weekend with a drinks reception in the newly refurbished Hugh Owen Library, with a welcome from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure.

Hugh Owen Library

8.00pm - 10.00pm

GeogSoc Quiz

Get together with old friends and pit your collective wits against other years of graduates and present and former lecturers in the (in)famous Geogsoc Quiz, organized by the current Geogsoc Committee.

£1 per person entry fee goes towards the Centenary Fund, supporting a range of awards and grants to support future students. Open to all, teams can be formed on the night.

Students' Union

Saturday 30 June

 09.30am - 4.00pm


Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary Open House

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences throws open the doors of the Llandinam Building to celebrate its history, its present and its future, with a range of talks, displays, demonstrations and activities. Come along to relive old memories and to find out more about what staff and students in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences are doing today.

Activities include: 

GES-Shorts - A6, Llandinam

100 Years of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth Exhibition - Concourse, Llandinam 

DGES Today - Concourse, Llandinam 

Memory Corner - F3b, Llandinam

Labs and More - C17 Map Library & C66 Laboratory, Llandinam

Geography and Earth Sciences on Film - Pop-up Cinema 

There will also be family activities to help entertain children whilst you’re catching up with old friends, and the registration fee will include light refreshments.

Llandinam Building







10.00am - 11.00am

Old Students' Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Medrus Mawr(Penbryn)

11.00am - 12.00pm

Tour of Penglais Campus Plantings 

Led by John Corfield with the assistance of Caroline Palmer of the Ceredigion Branch of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust  – starting at the concourse area near the Llandinam Building – this will be a short walk round plantings of particular significance in the lower areas of Penglais Campus, possibly walking past Pantycelyn borders to end.

From outside Llandinam Building


The Centenary Celebration

Join us as we cut the cake to formally mark the Centenary of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth and listen to a special talk by Professor John Lewin (Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography and former Vice-Principal of the University) on Geography Past, Present and Future.

A6, Llandinam Building


Centenary Celebration and OSA Dinner

Join alumni, friends and fellow geographers and Earth scientists for a special formal celebration meal in Medrus, the University’s conference suite, followed by the Centenary Awards.

Additional ticket required for dinner due to limited spaces.

Medrus Mawr (Penbryn)

Sunday 1 July


9.00 -9.30am

Informal Update on plans for the Old College

Find out about the exciting plans for the Old College, a much loved Aberystwyth landmark, in an informal update over coffee by Louise Jagger, Director of Development and Alumni Relations.

Seddon Room, Old College

9.30 - 2.00pm

Field Trips 

Let us know your preferred field trip option by Wednesday 27 June

Options include:

  • Cors Fochno, Ynyslas Dunes, the 'Fossil Forest' and the 'Cherish' project
  • Physical and Human Geographies of the Afon Rheidol Valley
  • Human Geographies in and of Aberystwyth: Past and Present

Arranged transport departs from entrance to Old College